5-Time Maccabiah Medalist Goldman Verbals to Duke

Leah Goldman of Peak Aquatics has verbally committed to swim for Duke next year, she announced on Twitter on Sunday night.

Goldman is a very versatile swimmer, though primarily in the sprint distances, and has at least a Winter Nationals cut in each of the four 100 yard events on the collegiate schedule.

The best among those is a 53.69 in the 100 yard fly, though she adds to that a 1:03.8 in the 100 breast, a 56.1 in the 100 back, and 50.6 in the 100 free.

Goldman’s best race, then, becomes the 200 IM, where at the 2013 California Central Coast Section Championships, she took 2nd in the 200 IM in 2:00.61: behind only Stanford commit Ally Howe. Goldman came away as the victor, later in that meet, in the 100 fly, and split 24.92 in the 50 fly leg of the 200 medley relay.

She showed off her versatility by winning three silvers and two bronze medals at this summer’s Maccabiah Games. She medaled in the 100 fly, the 200 fly, the 100 free, the 100 back, and the 200 IM.

After placing just 7th (out of 10) teams at last year’s ACC Championship meet, Duke can use help all over their lineup, though they’re pretty set with breaststroker Christine Wixted for now. Though Goldman is better thus far than all of them, however, Duke did bring in some solid butterfliers in the 2013-2014 freshman class.

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